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Howard Community College Presents Arts Collective Dance Company Concert March 1 to 4

February 17, 2012

Sixth annual dance concert to feature mix of new and award-winning works from guest artists and HCC faculty

(Columbia, Maryland) – Continuing its tradition of bringing compelling and powerful dance to the Greater Baltimore Area, the Arts Collective Dance Company (ACDC) of Howard Community College (HCC) presents its sixth annual company concert March 1 to 4, 2012, in the college’s Smith Theatre. Promising to enthrall audiences with a mix of premieres and award-winning works, ACDC uses dance and multimedia to explore themes from the humorous and energetic to the sensual and delicate. ACDC features the talent of HCC students and the inspiring choreography of locally and nationally recognized artists, including Renée Brozic Barger, Courtney Greer, Kate Jordan, Nicole McClam, Candice Musselman, Kyleigh Sackandy, Daniel Phoenix Singh, Lauren Withhart, and Stephanie Yezek. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors, military, and groups; and $10 for students with I.D. For more information, visit www.howardcc.edu/artscollective, call 443-518-1922, or email artscollective@howardcc.edu.

Note: Parental guidance suggested. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Performed works include:

Renée Brozic Barger’s “A Fancy” is a seductive look at the lively interplay of a flirtatious couple. This new dance is inspired by the work of the artists featured in the “Art of Seduction” exhibit, currently on display through March 18 in HCC’s Rouse Company Foundation Gallery.

Choreographed by Daniel Phoenix Singh, “Bell Song” is a syncretic blend of Bharata Natyam and modern dance exploring the concepts of Anjali (invocation), Padam (Love Song) and Tillana (Dance of Joy) within a modern dance usage of space and group choreography.  Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company received the Dance Metro DC awards for Emerging Choreographer and Excellence in Costume Design when “Bell Song” premiered in Washington DC. This performance is made possible by a grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council.

In its area premiere, Kate Jordan’s “The Bicycle Project” is a contemporary dance project fueled by the invention of our first human propelled ground movement vehicle, and driven by the passion of today’s riders. The work employs six dancers, video, and text to transport audiences through the joy, pain, fun, and obsession this seemingly simple invention evokes for societies and individuals around the world.

Courtney Greer’s “within were fightings, without were fears”  is a quintet inspired by the “Myth of Sisyphus” by Albert Camus and a poem titled “Blackberry Picking” by Seamus Heaney.  This work explores Sisyphus’ continuous pursuit of achievement in the absence of question. The physically dense four minute work expresses self-absorbed human nature while observing the impact greed imposes in thoughtless action.

“Good Grief” is choreographer Stephanie Yezek’s multimedia modern dance quartet that explores the various ways we deal with loss, and the ultimate freedom we can achieve when we accept the truth as it really stands.

“Obviously, you’re not a golfer” is a fun, post-modern work by Lauren Withhart making its Howard County premiere with ACDC. The work uses humor—and a few surprises—to take a peek into the energetic and competitive world of tennis.

Nicole McClam’s “Sibling Snapshot” is an exploration of the dynamic among sisters—and the teasing, the fighting and the closeness that create those bonds.

Kyleigh Sackandy’s “For Us” explores the nature of human vulnerability and trust in a light way. Moments of dependence are balanced by independence; calmness is counteracted by chaos. The dancers use their individual movement qualities not only to convey their personalities, but also to unify them as a group.

“Walking on Air” is a new work by Candice Musselman. A dance fusion, the work incorporates jazz, modern, and African.

Performances:
One weekend only!
HCC’s Smith Theatre
March 1 to 4, 2012
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Tickets:
$15 for general admission
$12 for seniors, military, and groups
$10 for students with I.D.

The Design Team:
Director: Renée Brozic Barger
Assistant Director: Joan Nicholas-Walker
Light Design:  Andrew Haag, Jr.
Costume Design: Nicole McClam
Assistant Costume Design: Jessica Welch
Props Design: Grace Anastasiadis
Sound Engineering: Dave Harton
Stage Management: Glory Warrick and Julie DeBakey Smith
Promotional Photography: Enoch Chan

The Cast:

Lindey Allen, Antonio Beverly, Stephanie Depew, Amber Fedorka, Kandice Funderburk, Raisa Grant,  Arielle Hall, DonAliessiah Harvey, Sydney Jackson, Eun Ji Jung, Eddie Lovern, Maggie Naylor, Genevieve Simard, Brandon Sinclair, Brianna Steele

Understudies: Raja Greene, Elizabeth Ryan

About HCC
Howard Community College (HCC) is a publicly funded two-year community college serving the educational needs of the citizens and employers in Howard County, Maryland since 1970. With its slogan, “You Can Get There from Here,” the college has forged a variety of partnerships to offer career and transfer programs to nearly 29,000 students annually at its main campus in Columbia, the Ecker Business Training Center, and Laurel College Center. Located midway between two major metropolitan areas, Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, Howard Community College is an affordable, community-based institution that has long been recognized for its ability to inspire learning, and the lifelong pursuit of personal and professional goals. Among its many awards is the prestigious U.S. Senate Productivity Award for organizational performance excellence.